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The Blog: After an expired visa brought her from Brooklyn back to her home in rural Italy, Valentina Solfrini created Hortus Cuisine to help her appreciate traditional (and often vegetarian) Italian food.
Many of your posts show how traditional Italian food is more plant-based than many people think. What are some of your favorite dishes or techniques you’ve learned while producing this blog?
Ever since I started the blog, my goal was to dig up the knowledge of my great-grandparents who lived on the farm and did not have the luxury of taking any shortcuts. I love long recipes that take more than a day to complete. I love the care and attention that must be put into the making process. There are many amazing recipes that require this kind of patience—from canning to cheesemaking, but the skill I am most proud to have mastered is making pasta by the rolling pin method. The sheets of pasta must be rolled out with quick, precise motions of stretch and fold around a long pin, and it requires as much strength as it does grace. Making bread with natural yeast, which takes over two days to fully rise, is also one of my favorite activities.